Spain outperform England in Nations League fixture

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However, the 23-year-old Atletico Madrid star was handed a starting berth in Luis Enrique's first match since being appointed coach and scored as Spain overcame England 2-1 in the Nations League at Wembley.

Spain were the better team in Enrique's first game in charge and this had been another education - the 11th match under Southgate against opponents in Fifa's top 20 which has not been won in normal time, with complaints over a refereeing oversight merely masking reality. "There were stages when they had the ball and it was hard for us, but we had a good spell throughout the game as well". "I've seen teams fold in similar circumstances".

Referee Danny Makkelie had other ideas and cut short the celebrations by penalising Welbeck for a foul to ensure Spain got the win their overall play had deserved.

"Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands", a post from Shaw's Twitter account said after England's 2-1 loss in the UEFA Nations League game.

"In those big moments you need a ref to stay strong and unfortunately he's bottled it", Kane told Sky Sports.

However, Luis Enrique's Spain side impressed throughout and drew level just two minutes later, with the superb Saul Niguez scoring courtesy of a crisp finish from inside the box.

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"But I think we have got to keep faith in the way we're trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there's no way I believe we'll ever be a top team if we do that".

Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates with Harry Kane after giving England the lead against Spain (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).

The England captain was livid after Danny Welbeck saw his 97th-minute strike chalked off for a foul.

'I've never had any doubts with De Gea, ' said the Spain boss.

These were the sort of mistakes that appeared during the World Cup in Russian Federation but were overlooked as mass hysteria gripped the nation at the team's unexpected access to the business end of the tournament. We were a bit disjointed in our pressing, but even when you press well against them they have some wonderful players. A five-minute stoppage ensued as Shaw was carefully carried from the field on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask strapped around his face.

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